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Interesting article on battery costs


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The article below is aimed at electric vehicles but most of it applies pretty well to the Li-on home ESSs that many of us use.

One point not clarified: does the replacement cost include trading in your old batteries, or are you at liberty to keep them and re-purpose the cells?

Given the low usage of electric vehicles in SA, and that the article is written about the Australian market, any thoughts @Coulomb?

How much does it cost to replace the batteries in electric vehicles? (thedriven.io)

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6 hours ago, Calvin said:

does the replacement cost include trading in your old batteries, or are you at liberty to keep them and re-purpose the cells?

Quite often, the supplier will want to keep the old cells. Certainly if you get a battery replaced by a car company like Nissan, this is the case. They want the battery case with its internal wiring, BMS, etc for re-use. They may also want to analyse the old cells, and/or sell or recycle them.

A third party battery replacement company typically wants to keep the cells for selling to people who want to use them for solar storage or other projects. If you want to keep them, my guess is that the price will go up a bit.

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